Review: Gevalia Mocha T-Discs for Tassimo
Tassimo users have been making their own for ages via using Suchards & various espresso T-Discs, but now there’s finally a dedicated mocha flavor in the Tassimo line-up. Today we review the Gevalia Mocha T-Discs. Have they found caffeinated chocolaty bliss or created something similar to soaking a Hershey bar in a glass of instant coffee? Let’s find out.
Brewing these T-Discs resulted in mild cocoa aromas when brewing the syrup followed by smoky aromas with hints of molasses when brewing the espresso. The combined aroma of both was mostly light cocoa with very faint oily notes of the espresso. A neat aroma morphing effect occurred as we got to the bottom of the cup as we started with light cocoa, then stronger espresso notes, then stronger cocoa notes again.
Flavor was staggered since the combo of both T-Discs resulted in a layering effect with the heavier syrup on bottom and the lighter espresso on top. As a result, your first taste is greeted by the sharp acidic bite of the espresso, followed by some of its oily notes in the background. You could still get some very mild cocoa notes hiding underneath but they weren’t that strong. As we worked our way through the cup and reached the base layer, the chocolate syrup made itself present and yielded mild notes of milk chocolate (despite the package labeling referring to dark chocolate) which did have a bit of a sweet kick to it, but nothing overbearing.
Body was, as noted above, nicely layered once you let things settle for a few minutes. A decent frothy layer on top followed by a dark sub-layer of espresso, then light brown chocolate in the bottom. Acidity was most definitely present as it was one of the first things we noticed upon first sip, however, that was because we drank everything as-is instead of mixing up the layers. Since the espresso layer was sitting near the top, we got the strong acidic bite right away but that quickly faded into a more balanced blend once we got to the middle layer which by that time had started mixing with the chocolate syrup. Had we mixed the drink, acidity would likely have been more balanced, so we won’t take away any points for that.
Mouth feel was fairly smooth but likely would have been considerably smooth if the drink were mixed. Things felt a bit light with the espresso layer but creamy smooth when we reached the chocolate layer. Overall, not too bad & rather enjoyable.
- Aroma – 8 – We were amused by the aroma morphing aspect of the drink, but wish things would have had a stronger cocoa aroma overall. Even the chocolate syrup’s aroma was rather light during brewing, so we highly doubt dark chocolate was used.
- Acidity – 10 – Had we mixed the drink, things would have been balanced but we didn’t, so instead we got the strong bite of the espresso up front and had to work our way through the cup to reach a balanced layer. Once we got there, we found that it was strong enough to make you aware there was espresso in the drink, but not overbearing to the point where you couldn’t detect the sweet chocolate notes.
- Body – 9 – Considering that there wasn’t any creamer being used, these T-Discs produced a rather impressive amount of froth simply from syrup alone. A neat layered effect revealed itself after a few minutes with the froth layer on top, the dark espresso below and the light brown chocolate at the bottom.
- Flavor – 8 – Not exactly as advertised since we got more of a light cocoa taste at first, followed by the smoky & oily notes of the espresso and then what can best be described as MILK chocolate at the bottom. On the packaging, they talk about dark chocolate, but we didn’t detect any here. Despite that, you do in-fact, get a true mocha taste with mostly cocoa in the foreground and the acidic bite of the espresso throughout once the drink is mixed.
- Mouth Feel – 8 – Things started off a bit light with the espresso layer, then turned smooth with the chocolate layer. Had the drink been mixed, things would have likely been smooth throughout.
- Coffee Drinker – If you like your hot cocoa spiked with espresso, then you essentially like mochas & you’ll probably enjoy this. You get the sweet chocolate notes of the syrup blending with the strong espresso notes which should satisfy those who like something strong & sweet.
Overall Rating: 93 – Exceptional
Mochas aren’t for everyone since some people love the mix of strong & sweet while others just find it flat-out disgusting & can’t get used to it. Thankfully, there’s no evidence of sucralose here, so we rather enjoyed the final results since we didn’t find an chemical taste whatsoever. You pretty much get exactly what you’d achieve by dumping an espresso shot into a mug of hot cocoa, so we feel Gevalia got this one right. If you’ve never had a mocha before or are just feeling adventurous, you should at least give these T-Discs a try. You never know… maybe you’ll discover a new favorite.
Gevalia Mocha T-Discs will work in most Tassimo brewers and are available in 8-packs (8 espresso + 8 chocolate syrup) for $12.99 USD at CoffeeCow.com. These T-Discs are also available in Canada for $12.99 CAD at ECSCoffee.com.
A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank Coffee Cow for supplying us with samples for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 15, 2013 7:23 AM